The College for Creative Studies (CCS) invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of Graduate Studies.
CCS is a private, co-educational, independent, not-for-profit institution of higher education located in one of the most creative cities in the world, Detroit, Michigan.
For more than a century, Detroit has been a hub of innovation and most recently it was recognized by CNN Money as one of the “Top Ten Most Innovative Cities in America,” alongside Chicago, Boston and New York City.
Detroit’s creative corridor is home to 4,000 creative sector employees, 200 individual creative sector companies, and $640 million in aggregate annual revenues. The region features a robust creative industry sector, including production studios, advertising agencies and other media communications concerns. Metropolitan Detroit has the highest concentrations and quantities of commercial and industrial designers of all U.S. metropolitan regions. Michigan has more industrial designers than any U.S. state, and Detroit’s professional creative economy is the third largest private sector employer in the city, employing approximately 12,300 individuals.
CCS has helped shape the city since 1906 when we were known as the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts. The College grew into one of the most highly regarded art and design institutions in the world. With more than 1,400 talented students and more than 400 dedicated and innovative faculty members, CCS has played a role in developing some of the world’s most iconic products as well as creating and cultivating an environment of creativity in the city.
Two years ago, CCS-led Detroit Creative Corridor Center secured the city’s designation as a UNESCO City of Design. Detroit is the only city in North America to receive this designation, joining Berlin, Torino and Saint-Étienne, France, among others.
Students at CCS have access to some of the most impressive facilities in the country. The College’s state-of-the-art facilities support the complete range of creative production, from traditional art forms such as painting, glassblowing, foundry and printmaking to the most contemporary systems, including the latest digital imaging technology and extensive rapid prototyping output tools. CCS offers the Master of Fine Arts degree in Color & Materials Design, Integrated Design, Interaction Design and Transportation Design. A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is offered in 13 majors: Advertising Design and Copywriting, Entertainment Arts, Art Education, Crafts, Fashion Accessories Design, Fine Arts, Communication Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design and Transportation Design.
Recognized as the number one college program in the world for transportation design, CCS is a leader in the integration of technology within arts higher education. The reputation of CCS’s students and programs annually attracts more than 167 national and international companies to recruit new employees, including General Motors, Disney, Nike, Kohler, Trek, Ford, BASF, Google, Fiat Chrysler, Harley Davidson and Whirlpool. As a result, Design Intelligence ranked CCS’s undergraduate industrial design program as one of the three best in the United States and ranked the graduate industrial design program in the top seven in 2016. Interior Motives named CCS as The Most Successful School in 2013 and 2014. And in 2015, LinkedIn ranked CCS as the third best design college in the country and the best in the Midwest.
With its four Master of Fine Arts programs – Color & Materials Design, Integrated Design, Interaction Design, and Transportation Design, Graduate Studies at CCS attracts an internationally diverse student body to study in state-of-the-art facilities, with access to advanced technological capabilities to be tomorrow’s leaders and innovators in creative fields.
Reporting to the Provost, the Dean is responsible for advancing Graduate Studies by strengthening current programs, articulating strategies for future expansion, supporting faculty and students, enhancing connections with industry as well as its academic and research partners, and fostering an energetic and diverse educational environment.
The Dean will also play an integral role in nurturing a culture of innovation with a Center for Innovation, to be launched as a hub for collaborative projects and a knowledge base for advanced research and practice in art and design.
Responsibilities of the Dean of Graduate Studies include:
Oversee the Graduate Studies division in alignment with the College’s strategic plan
- Enhance the quality, visibility, and reputation of the CCS Graduate Studies nationally and internationally
- Supervise the graduate department chairs and administrative staff
- Develop the strategy for future sustainable growth of CCS Graduate Studies
- Expand graduate enrollment in collaboration with department chairs and admissions department
- Hire and develop faculty to deliver industry-leading education
- Bring synergy across professional education, academic research, and scholarly endeavors
- Lead curriculum development and assessment plans to provide the best and most relevant education to students
- Pursue development of new programs in a range of appropriate fields
- Engage faculty, students, staff, and alumni/ae in shaping the culture and student experience in Graduate Studies
- Nurture rich interactions between Graduate Studies and Undergraduate Studies programs
- Expand collaborative relationships with industry and research partners
- Develop and maintain a Graduate Studies advisory board to advance and promote CCS Graduate Studies